AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor 4200+ vs. Intel® Core™2 Duo desktop processor E4400?

Question by anonymous: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor 4200+ vs. Intel® Core™2 Duo desktop processor E4400?
i’m looking at two desktop computer packages.
1. Hewlett-Packard – Pavilion 4200+ Desktop a6000n
AMD LIVE! Smarter Digital Entertainment; AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor 4200+; 1GB DDR2 SDRAM; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; LightScribe labeling; 250GB hard drive; Windows Vista Home Premium
$ 500

2)Hewlett-Packard – Pavilion E4400 Desktop a6120n
Intel® Core™2 Duo desktop processor E4400; Intel® Viiv™ technology; 2GB DDR2 SDRAM; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; LightScribe technology; 320GB hard drive; Windows Vista Home Premium
$ 760

Both come with 17 inch flat panel monitor and all in one hp printer.
Of course, i know one has more ram and hard drive than the other.
My main question is about the processors. I’ve been told that the athlon dual core is the best out there right now, but i don’t know too much about that.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best answer:

Answer by Mathew G
You were given incorrect information. The Core 2 Duos are the top dogs out at the moment. Comparing those to processors though, they’re pretty much on par at stock speeds. HOWEVER. If you get into overclocking, the E4400 will SLAUGHTER the 4200. You’re easily looking at 2.8-3ghz on air. That’s a lot of headroom to work with and in my opinion is definitely worth the extra $ 260, considering you get even more ram, a better version of Vista, and a bit more HDD space.

Both are good systems, but I’d go with the HP on this one since you’ll get more bang for your buck.

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